Alan Quinlan

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Munster’s Andrew Conway celebrates his try against Toulon with team-mates in last year’s quarter-final clash at Thomond Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

As they know too well, Munster have not won the Heineken Champions Cup since 2008. They and their supporters may have become a little frustrated with (...)

Geraldine and Devin as a baby: ‘Devin was two weeks old when I realised my behaviour, my mood, my attitude and the frightening attacks were more than simply being overwhelmed with a newborn and a pre-schooler.’

The Irish Times has been shortlisted in three categories for the 2019 Headline Mental Health Media Awards. The awards – which were established more t(...)

Ireland’s James Ryan is tackled by New Zealand flanker Ardie Savea during the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

The ghosts of World Cups past are floating about the Ajinomoto stadium. Those who remember are forgiven for feeling like they have been transported ba(...)

Ireland’s CJ Stander, Andrew Porter and James Ryan during the anthems before their defeat to Japan at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

A worrying picture is beginning to form of this Ireland pack being ranked below previous Irish versions at World Cups. That theory can be altered over(...)

Tommy Bowe:  will  host the Rugby World Cup coverage on eir Sport where he’ll have a trio of ex-team-mates for company – Gordon D’Arcy, Peter Stringer and Jerry Flannery. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

This is very definitely a World Cup for people who get up early in the morning. And with 48 matches over 44 days, the schedule will be a gruelling en(...)

England’s Joe Cokasaniga scores his side’s first try of the game against Ireland during the World Cup warm-up clash at Twickenham, London. Photograph: David Davies/PA

England 57 Ireland 15 True, it was the first hit out of the season for all but three of the side. They were in warm-weather training in Portugal unti(...)

Owen Farrell gets to grips with Ireland captain Rory Best after a George Kruis try at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

George Orwell once remarked that “serious sport is war minus the shooting.” It seems a reasonable reference point in describing Ireland’s shellacking (...)

Leinster’s Gordon D’Arcy celebrates his try as Johnny Sexton and Munster’s Ronan O’Gara exchange words in the Heineken Cup semi-final in 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When Irish rugby historians search for the biggest shift in the balance of power at provincial level they need look no further than May 2nd, 2009, and(...)

Mark McCall with the Champions Cup trophy after his side’s win over Leinster. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

You shouldn’t, of course, make promises you can’t keep, so Joe Molloy was taking a mighty gamble at the start of Virgin Media’s coverage when he promi(...)

Kristen O’Reilly (far right) with her siblings Nicola, Lorraine, Keith, Nora and Michelle

Kristen O’Reilly often wonders if her father John Martin was whistling as he went about his work that day. He whistled a lot. He was missing when she (...)

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